How’s that for a tabloid thread-title?
Funny, I’d just been wondering whatever happened to that whole case. Now this comes along:
[quote]After realizing that the anthrax attacks looked like a domestic job,
Boyle called a high-level official in the FBI who deals with terrorism
and counterterrorism, Marion “Spike” Bowman. Boyle and Bowman had met
at a terrorism conference at the University of Michigan Law School.
Boyle told Bowman that the only people who would have the capability to
carry out the attacks were individuals working on U.S. government
anthrax programs with access to a high-level biosafety lab. Boyle gave
Bowman a full list of names of scientists, contractors and labs
conducting anthrax work for the U.S. government and military.
Bowman then informed Boyle that the FBI was working with Fort Detrick
on the matter. Boyle expressed his view that Fort Detrick could be the
main problem. As widely reported in 2002 publications, notably the New
Scientist, the anthrax strain used in the attacks was officially
assessed as “military grade.”
“Soon after I informed Bowman of this information, the FBI authorized
the destruction of the Ames cultural anthrax database,” the professor
said. The Ames strain turned out to be the same strain as the spores
used in the attacks.
The alleged destruction of the anthrax culture collection at Ames,
Iowa, from which the Fort Detrick lab got its pathogens, was blatant
destruction of evidence. It meant that there was no way of finding out
which strain was sent to whom to develop the larger breed of anthrax
used in the attacks. The trail of genetic evidence would have led
directly back to a secret government biowarfare program.
“Clearly, for the FBI to have authorized this was obstruction of
justice, a federal crime,” said Boyle. “That collection should have
been preserved and protected as evidence. That’s the DNA, the
fingerprints right there. It later came out, of course, that this was
Ames strain anthrax that was behind the Daschle and Leahy letters.”
At that point, recounted Boyle, it became very clear to him that there
was a coverup underway. He later discovered, while reading David Ray
Griffin’s book on the 9/11 attacks, The New Pearl Harbor, that Bowman
was the same FBI agent who allegedly sabotaged the FISA warrant for
access to [convicted co-conspirator] Zacharias Moussaoui’s computer
prior to 9/11. Moussaoui’s computer contained information that could
have helped prevent the attacks on the World Trade Center and the
There are some sketchy aspects to this. Still, I’d always felt this whole anthrax attacks scare went away very quietly and quickly. I’m going to start reading further into the whole thing…